Britain opens inquiry into death of Russian spy

Britain opens inquiry into death of Russian spy

LONDON, July 22 (UPI) --The British government announced an investigation into the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko on Tuesday.
Ed Adamczyk

Suha Arafat: Husband's death was 'political murder'

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was the victim of a "political murder," his widow said Thursday.
Experts: Polonium, but not other poisons, ruled out in Arafat death

Experts: Polonium, but not other poisons, ruled out in Arafat death

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Experts who tested the remains of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said in a report they ruled out radioactive polonium as the cause of his 2004 death.

Toxicologists give details on polonium tests on Arafat belongings

LONDON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Scientists in Switzerland describe, in a note in a British medical journal, how they discovered traces of polonium-210 on some of Yasser Arafat's belongings.

Home secretary: 'International relations' factor in Litvinenko probe

LONDON, July 19 (UPI) -- International relations were a reason for dropping an inquiry into the poisoning of a former KGB agent, British Home Secretary Theresa May said Friday.

Britain: No public inquiry into death of ex-KGB spy Litvinenko

LONDON, July 12 (UPI) -- Britain won't conduct a public inquiry into the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, the coroner in charge of the inquest said Friday.

Litvinenko inquiry postponed

LONDON, March 15 (UPI) -- British officials said they have postponed an inquiry into the 2006 death of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko until October.

Widow chides U.K. on Litvinenko probe

LONDON, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A British lawyer says the government is trying to cover up evidence in the death of a former KGB agent in order to strengthen trade ties with Russia.
Secrets in Ramallah tomb?

Secrets in Ramallah tomb?

HERNDON, Va., Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Usually tight-lipped about targeted assassinations, Israel recently has gone public. Why the sudden openness? The answer may -- or may not -- lie buried in a tomb in the West Bank.
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator

Report: Dead Russian dissident was MI6 spy

LONDON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Testimony at a preliminary inquest in London has linked the late Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko to the British intelligence agency MI6.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Nov. 23, 2012
By United Press International

Litvinenko inquest begins in London

LONDON, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- At a London inquest Thursday into the poisoning death of a former Russian spy, lawyers claimed intelligence authorities were suppressing evidence.

Last supper with Arafat

BRICK, N.J., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- The debate of the death of Yasser Arafat resumes the debates of a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians.
MORGAN STRONG, UPI Outside View Commentator

Arafat's widow files suit over his death

NANTERRE, France, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The widow and daughter of Yasser Arafat started legal action in France over claims the Palestinian leader died of radioactive poisoning.

Arafat's widow plans to sue France

PARIS, July 11 (UPI) -- Suha Arafat, widow of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, intends to sue the French government, demanding an investigation into his 2004 death, her lawyer says.
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Alexander Valterovich Litvinenko (Russian: Алекса́ндр Ва́льтерович Литвине́нко) (4 December 1962 by father's account, another date in some obituaries – 23 November 2006) was an officer who served in the Soviet KGB and its Russian successor, the Federal Security Service (FSB). In November 1998, Litvinenko and several other FSB officers publicly accused their superiors of ordering the assassination of Russian tycoon and oligarch Boris Berezovsky. Litvinenko was arrested the following March on charges of exceeding his authority at work. He was acquitted in November 1999 but re-arrested before the charges were again dismissed in 2000. He fled with his family to London and was granted asylum in the United Kingdom, where he became a journalist and writer.

During his time in London Litvinenko authored two books, Blowing Up Russia: Terror from Within and Lubyanka Criminal Group, where he accused Russian secret services of staging the Russian apartment bombings and other terrorism acts in an effort to bring Vladimir Putin to power. He also accused Putin of ordering the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

On 1 November 2006 Litvinenko suddenly fell ill and was hospitalised in what was established as a case of poisoning by radioactive polonium-210 and that resulted in his death on 23 November. The events leading up to his poisoning and death are a matter of controversy, spawning numerous theories relating to his poisoning and death. The British investigation into his death resulted in a failed request to Russia for the extradition of Andrey Lugovoy whom they accused of Litvinenko's murder, contributing to the further cooling of Russia–United Kingdom relations.

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